Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Smokey and the Hotwire Gang (1979)

Director: Anthony Cardoza

Writer: T. Gary Cardoza

Composers: Danny Bravin, Valerie Jeanne

Starring: James Keach, Stanley Livingston, Tony Lorea, ALvy Moore, Skip Young, Carla Ziegfeld, George Barris, Timothy C. Burns, Randee Lynne Jensen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It's Heavy Truckin', Hard Drivin', and Free Lovin'!

Plot: CB runaways attempt to rob an armored car.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Boy, oh, boy is this dreadful.   The Hicksploitation genre probably has the worst track record.  This is a late entry with the only thing going for it should be starring Stacy Keach's brother, Alvy "GREEN ACRES" Moore and George "creator of the 60s Batmobile & many other classic movie and TV cars" Barris.  Now I don't recall having ever seen Barris in anything but he's iconic in the industry for his car creations.  It looks like this was the last of three pictures he acted in so this is nothing more than a curiosity for Barris fans.  He's over the top and ridiculous.  It's not his fault, everyone is like that.  I'm guessing it's the script to blame.  Most of the characters are inept and it's painful.  Normally with pictures like this you get some nudity.  Not in this one although there's a lot of teasing going on.  I call bullshit.  The action is silly along with everything else.  It's just bad on all counts.

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